Okay, let’s try this again. After last night’s rainout, the Cubs and Brewers are set to do battle today at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately, it’s a travel day for Milwaukee, which is likely the reason we’re not getting a doubleheader. Sorry, Ernie.
Some might call today’s Cubs game with the Brewers just another game on the schedule…just one of 162 that’s no important than any other. But whenever Jake Arrieta takes the mound these days, the game just has a different feel to it, doesn’t it? After all, he’s thrown two no-hitters in his last 11 starts. Some of the best pitchers in baseball history can’t even claim that on their career resume. Even Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell knows that today isn’t just another game, even if he thinks that the chance of Arrieta throwing back-to-back no-no’s is slim to none.
“It always registers when you’re facing the best. Everybody knows when the guy who won the Cy Young [Award] is pitching against you the next day. The no-hitter? You always feel like that’s a one-time event, no matter who it is.”
And yes, the chance of Arrieta going back-to-back is very small indeed. Only one pitcher in the long history of Major League Baseball has ever accomplished that feat, that being Johnny Van Der Meer of the Cincinnati Reds in 1938. So let’s just go out on a limb here and say that a no-hitter is probably not going to happen tonight.
However, Arrieta still has the chance to add to the ridiculous numbers he’s been putting up since last summer. He’s had 24 consecutive quality starts, posting a 20-1 record to go with a 0.86 ERA, which is nearly identical to the 0.87 ERA he has thus far in 2016. He’ll face a Milwaukee lineup tonight that has a surprising .309 average against him, including Ryan Braun, who’s gone 4-for-10 in his career against Arrieta with a home run and four runs batted in.
The Brewers don’t exactly have Jake Arrieta’s equal going on the other side. Taylor Jungmann takes the hill for Milwaukee with an 0-3 record and an 8.47 ERA to go along with it. He’s also got an 0-2 record in his career against the Cubs with a 4.32 ERA.
On paper, the Cubs should win this game in a walk. But that’s the beauty of baseball, isn’t it? Anything could happen tonight.
Here’s everything else you need to know about tonight’s matchup at Wrigley.
Milwaukee Brewers (8-12) at Chicago Cubs (15-5)
Time: 1:20 PM CT
Location: Wrigley Field
Radio: 670 The Score
Starting Pitchers: Taylor Jungmann (0-3, 8.47 ERA) vs Jake Arrieta (4-0, 0.87 ERA)
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